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European Senior Team Championships 2010

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There are 78 teams participating. Teams are composed of 4 players and one reserve.

Wales is being represented by  Iolo Jones (capt), Pat Bennett, John Thornton, Robert Taylor and Rudy van Kemenade. They are the 35th ranked team with an average Fide rating of 2108

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 10th February

 

              


Bd 1. CM Iolo Jones (2290)   1  -  0   Hugh Flockhart (1871)
Bd 2. Patrick Bennett (2087) ½  -  ½   George Murphy  (1685)

Bd 3. John Thornton (2097)   1  -  0   Siegrun Macgilchrist  (1817)

Bd 4. Robert Taylor (2027)   1  -  0   James Macrae  (1753)

 

                   Wales   3  ½ -  ½  Scotland 2

 

Official Bulletin 1  -  Games here   

 

Ready to start Round 1

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Thursday 11th February

 

Round 2    Italy (14th seed) v     Wales (35th seed)

 

Bd 1. IM Stefano Tatai (2348)   1  -  0  Patrick Bennett (2087)

Bd 2. FM Carlo Micheli (2293)   1  -  0  John Thornton (2097)

Bd 3. FM Antonio Rosino (2245)  1  -  0  Robert Taylor (2027)

Bd 4. Giuseppe Laco (2080)      1  -  0  Rudy van Kemenade (2039)

 

                        Italy   4  -  0   Wales

 

Official Bulletin 2  -  Games here

 

Report from Rudy

A tough match. Iolo reserved himself for matches we stand a chance of winning. In the end we lost 4-0.

Rudy the first to go down missing Queen side chances and then being ground down - a Rook breakout not enough.

John 's tactics backfired on him in a complex Najdorf Sicilian.

Robert got a passive position, dropped a Pawn and despite fighting hard the two Bishop ending with white having an extra ‘a’ pawn won in the end.

Pat against an IM, Stefano Tatai, after complex manoeuvring left him an inferior Bishop, but it remained complex till the end, eventually losing on time.

Korchnoi spent a little bit of time examining the complexities.

Korchnoi

 

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Friday 12th February

 

Round 3    Wales (35th seed) v   Denmark 2 (56th seed)

 

 

Bd 1. CM Iolo Jones (2290)     1  -  0   Poul Erik Norgaard (2082)

Bd 2. John Thornton (2097)     ½  -  ½   Hasso Schutze (2086)

Bd 3. Robert Taylor (2027)     0  -  1   Flemming Preuss (2057)

Bd 4. Rudy van Kemenade (2039) 1  -  0   Helge Poulsen (1891)

 

                     Wales   2  ½ -  1 ½  Denmark 2

 

Official Bulletin 3  -  Games here

 

Report from Rudy

Pat took the day off to visit the Dresden Zoo, especially looking at the Rooks and Crows. Also a cute Arctic Fox in the snow that is still quite extensive here.

We outgraded the Danish second team at the top and bottom, but conceded grading points in the middle.

Rudy's game was over in half an hour and 33 moves, when the two Black Bishops dominated the Queen side, and with a White Bishop trapped on the King side, The ‘a’ pawn rushed to queen.

John had a careful draw from an Reti-English where most of the pieces came off.

Robert unfortunately , having built up an excellent position in a Ruy setup, then ended up losing a piece rather than sacrificing it, and had to resign. This left Iolo. After some complex manoeuvres, he won a Pawn and then after further complications, the exchange. the Black counterattack merely led to another piece lost.

 

Iolo last to finish

 

So 2.5 -1.5, and 4 match points.

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Saturday 13th February

 

Round 4       Salzburg (20th seed)     v       Wales (35th seed)

 

Bd 1. Josef Ager (2223)        1/2  -  1/2  CM Iolo Jones (2290)

Bd 2. Felix Winiwarter (2195)  1/2  -  1/2  Patrick Bennett (2087)

Bd 3. Friedrich Woeber (2185)  1/2  -  1/2  John Thornton (2097)

Bd 4. Wolfgang Hackbarth(2136) 1    -  0    Rudy van Kemenade (2039)

 

                    Salzburg  2 1/2  -  1 1/2   Wales

 

Official Bulletin 4  -  Games here

 

Report from Rudy

Robert took a break to explore Dresden.

A difficult match against Salzburg, no 20 against Wales ranking of 35. Level at the top, the 3 bottom boards faced 2100+ opposition.

John's Winawer French yielded a rapid draw as the blocked position and opposite colour Bishops gave nothing much for either side.

Iolo played in Trevelyan-like style where the early Queen swap led to a more or less equal position.

On board 4 Rudy set up a promising position in a closed Ruy Lopez, and broke in the middle for complex play. His opponent offered an exchange sac for a dangerous King side attack where a draw could have been achieved with accurate play, but a mate ensued after Rudy missed a tactical trick.

In a complex King's Indian Pat had a good position, but as Black had massed his forces ready for a King side counter-attack, when a draw was offered by his higher rated opponent, he took it- seeing no clear way to an advantage.

Result  Salzburg  2.5  Wales 1.5

 

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Sunday 14th February

 

Round 5         Wales (35th seed) v      Oranjeteam 2 (60th seed)

 

Bd 1. CM Iolo Jones (2290)      ½  -  ½   Loek Mostertmsn (2077)

Bd 2. Patrick Bennett (2087)    ½  -  ½   Cees Versteeg (2052)

Bd 3. Robert Taylor (2027)      ½  -  ½   Henk Westerman (1909)

Bd 4. Rudy van Kemenade (2039)  ½  -  ½   Jan Mascini (1894)

 

                         Wales  2  - 2  Oranjeteam 2

Official Bulletin 5  -  Games here

 

Report from Rudy

John went down to the river at Dresden.

 

A tricky match - at no60 ranked well below us , but we knew the Oranjetiem2 (Netherlands) had beaten one team near us, and drawn with another.

Rudy got involved in a complex Latvian Gambit (against 1 Nf3) which rapidly led to a Knight and Pawn endgame, objectively won for White but after several missed chances petered out to a draw.

Against a Dutch Defence in Robert's game, an early Queen swap led to promising White pressure, but in the end it was only a draw.

Pat played a modern which led to a King's Indian Defence(which his opponent confessed he hadn't played against in 20 years) and got an excellent position, where unfortunately there was no clear way to winning. So in the end only a draw.

Iolo's game was even more complex. From a Torre White got nothing against a solid defence, and then the Black pieces got active against the White King. Just as Black missed a winning move, Iolo sacrificed a piece, to open against the King. However even winning the Black Queen for 3 pieces was insufficient so a perpetual check in the end was only a draw.

Score 2-2 and we live to fight another round.

 

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Monday 15th February

 

Round 6           Rheno Palatinat (46th seed)     v       Wales (35th seed)

 

 

Bd 1. Diethelm Walther (2154)    0  -  1    Patrick Bennett (2087)

Bd 2. Lutz Muller (2082)         0  -  1    John Thornton (2097)

Bd 3. Johann Schwertel (1990)  1/2  -  1/2  Robert Taylor (2027)

Bd 4. Ronald Denda (2043)      1/2  -  1/2  Rudy van Kemenade (2039)

 

              Rheno Palatinat   1  -   3  Wales

 

 

Official Bulletin 6  -  Games here

 

Report from Rudy

After his exertions yesterday, Iolo decided to take a break.

Playing against a team from the Rhine Palatinate, below us on paper ,but with some strong players.

 

Robert equalized fairly easily against a Colle-type position and offered an early draw.

Rudy in a Catalan vs Schlechter Gruenfeld got an edge in the endgame of  Rook and Pawns, with his Rook on the 7th and a queenside 3 vs  2, but somehow everything held for Black, so another draw.

Pat's aggressive modern netted him two extra pawns , and despite Whites attempts to create play, won easily enough in the long run.

John played the Yugoslav attack against the Dragon, but played his normal move automatically rather than following his opening preparation. Accepting a gambitted Pawn on d5 , he withstood the attack from Queen, Rooks and Bishops, to reach an ending with Rooks where he had two extra pawns on the queenside side. Not all rook and pawn endings are drawn, so his opponent conceded.

Score 3-1 to Wales.

Since both the Scotland 1 and England 1 teams lost today, this places Wales alongside Scotland 1 and two points above England 1.

 

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Tuesday 16th February

 

Round   7         Sweden 1 (15th seed)     v       Wales (35th seed)

 

 

Bd 1.  Magnus Wahlbom (2311)      ½  -  ½   CM Iolo Jones (2290)

Bd 2.  Nils-Ake Malmdin (2281)    1  -  0   Patrick Bennett (2087)

Bd 3.  FM Felix Nordstrom (2191)  ½  -  ½   John Thornton (2097)    

Bd 4.  Ralph Hallerod (2165)      1  -  0   Robert Taylor (2027)

 

                        Sweden 1   3  -   1  Wales

 

 

Official Bulletin 7  -  Games here

 

Report from Rudy

Rudy had the day off.

A tough match against Sweden1.

 

John's Dutch stonewall led to an unbalanced position, where his queenside pawns were perhaps more problematic

than White’s centre ones. With difficult decisions about whether to stay in late middlegame or swap down to an ending, both sides were happy to draw in mutual time pressure.

From a complex Benoni setup Pat seemed to be doing well, but , provoking a piece sacrifice, he failed to find the best defence in time shortage.

Iolo's doughty Petroff defence led to an unbalanced position where there were connected passed pawns, but on opposite sides. Hence a judicious draw offer in time pressure made sense.

Robert started with a Panov against the Caro-Kann, but failed to make the most of his opponents slightly uncommon opening sequence, lost a pawn, and got ground down in a double rook ending.

Score Wales 1- Sweden1 3

 

WARNING- regrettably the bulletin produced on paper and the website is not totally reliable. For instance John's round 6 game is missing 6 moves, Rudy's missing 11 moves; while in Iolo's Rd5 game an inaccurate capture , 38...Rxb6 instead of Qxb6 is given. There are more such truncated games on the website.

 

And there’s more...

A game from the Blitz tournament on Monday evening where the IM goes a little wrong in the opening.  Here

 

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Wednesday 17th February

 

Round   8         Wales (35th seed)      v       Hessen 2   (23rd seed)

 

 

Bd 1. CM Iolo Jones (2290)      1  -  0   Franz Stimpel)

Bd 2. John Thornton (2097)      0  -  1   Siegfried Limberg )

Bd 3. Robert Taylor (2027)      1  -  0   Hans Thieme)

Bd 4. Rudy van Kemenade (2039)  ½  -  ½   Helmut Biller)

 

                       Wales  2 ½ -  1 ½   Hessen 2

Official Bulletin 8  -  Games here

 

Report from Rudy

Pat had another day off, and Robert will be leaving early tomorrow.

 

A crucial match, against a higher graded team - all except the top player in the 2150's.

Rudy's opponent looked shocked to face a Budapest, settled for the passive 3.e3 and Rudy took the opportunity to offer an early draw on move 9 with a slight Black edge, leaving both John and Robert with promising positions.

Robert, via 1.Nf3 got a Maroczy bind Sicilian, advanced on the kingside, when a piece sacrifice with an offer of another led to a forced mate on move 25. An excellent way to finish a tournament.

John's Stonewall Dutch got him excellent attacking chances, but a slight imprecision in the execution meant that the opponent managed to hold on and obtain a won position instead.

Iolo's space advantage after an early Queen swap gave good chances , leading to a Pawn win, and Iolo won quickly to produce a win for the team.

Score Wales 2.5 Hessen2  1.5

Thus we remain ahead of England 1 who could only draw, and one point behind Scotland 1 (headed by Craig Pritchard-IM) who also drew today.

 

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Thursday 18th February

 

   

Final Round         Steiermark (19th seed)     v       Wales (35th seed)

 

Bd 1. Horst Watzka )        1  -   0   CM Iolo Jones (2290)

Bd 2. Klaus Nicki )       1/2  -  1/2  Patrick Bennett (2087)

Bd 3. Heinz Kratschmer )    1  -   0   John Thornton (2097)

Bd 4. Konstantinos Pitzi )  0  -   1   Rudy van Kemenade (2039)

 

           Steiermark  2 1/2  -  1 1/2   Wales

 

Official Bulletin 9  -  Games here

 

Report from Rudy

Robert had to leave early, so stood down for this round.

Rudy got a more active position, turned down a draw on move 13 , and the active White pieces netted several

kingside pawns, the last of which was due to promote on move 54 when Black resigned after an hours play.

John's French Defence gave him a position with excellent winning chances, when an unfortunate move allowed the opponent to find a temporary sacrifice, and he duly lost the ending.

Pat had a complicated Kings Indian with mutual passed Pawns and Opposite Bishops, which ended in a draw.

Iolo's Petroff gave a solid position, and he offered a draw. However the match position meant his opponent had to carry on, and the White Rooks and Bishops slowly infiltrated for a wining advantage.

 

A disappointing match , which we might have won rather than a narrow loss to a higher graded team.

Score Steiermark (Austria) 2.5 Wales 1.5

 

Iolo   4.5 from  7 = 64.3% av opp 2161

Pat     3  from  7 = 42.9% av opp 2126

John   3.5 from  8 = 43.8% av opp 2124

Robert  3  from  7 = 43.7% av opp 2039

Rudy   3.5 from  7 = 50%   av opp 2051

 

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European Senior Team Championships 2010

This event is being held in Dresden this year from 10th to 18th February.

It is being held in the Ramada Hotel and is a Swiss system 9 round tournament with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds for each move.

Opening Ceremony
Our Welsh Flag being carried in
Iolo at the opening ceremony
Round 1  
Wales (35th seed)
v
Scotland 2 (74th seed)